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University award for former Carlisle MP

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew Credit: ITV Border

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew will be given an honorary fellowship by the University of Cumbria today.

He represented the area in Parliament for more than 20 years before standing down at the 2010 General Election.

Mr Martlew will be presented with the award in recognition of his outstanding and lifelong contribution to public service at Carlisle Cathedral.


Carlisle hammer thrower heading to Rio

Carlisle hammer thrower Nick Miller

Carlisle hammer thrower Nick Miller has been named in Great Britain's Rio Olympics team.

The 23-year-old, who won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, suffered a back injury several weeks ago and feared his Olympic dream would be over.

But after fighting back and with recovery going well he has secured a place on the plane to Brazil.

Police appeal for help tracing missing Whitehaven woman

Missing Linda Liddell Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for help tracing a missing 45-year-old woman from Whitehaven.

Linda Liddell was last seen at James Street in Whitehaven by her family at 10.30am yesterday. She is believed to be in the Carlisle area.

Linda is described as 5ft 5inch tall, of a slim build, with long dark hair. She was last seen wearing black ankle boots, light denim dungarees and a green/khaki parka.

Police are concerned for Linda’s welfare and appeal to anyone who has seen her to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the duty sergeant.


Carlisle United footballers host Community Flood Fun Day at Brunton Park

Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United Credit: PA

Carlisle will show its solidarity today (Sunday 10th July) for those who suffered during the floods of December with a free community fun day at Carlisle United's Brunton Park.

The football club hopes it'll be an afternoon of entertainment, reunion and relaxation to celebrate the city's flood recovery from 12.30-4.30pm.

"We are absolutely delighted to be working with Carlisle United on this fantastic community event. The floods had a devastating effect on the local community as well as our own staff and students. Many neighbours in the area haven't seen each other since December last year and the aim of this event is to really celebrate the city's flood recovery and amazing resilience of this fantastic community."

– University of Cumbria Event Manager Carol Milnes

For football fans there is also the opportunity to meet Carlisle United players and to challenge them to a penalty shoot-out and get involved in some mini training sessions.

The activities on offer include:

  • Silverband Falconry
  • Circus workshop
  • Obstacle course
  • Balloon workshop with Cheeky Charlie
  • Kids 'Disco Dome'
  • Rodeo bull
  • Bungee run
  • Gladiator duel
  • Face painting
  • Sumo suits
  • Refreshments, a BBQ and bar

"The club and the community forged some very strong bonds in the wake of the floods, as was seen when our players and staff helped local residents with the initial clean up and clear out of their properties. In return we were overwhelmed, when we asked for help at Brunton Park, to see so many people turn up to give us their assistance. The Community Fun Day is a chance for everyone to come together in recognition of the real Cumbrian spirit we saw in the region at what was a very difficult time. There will be activities for people of all ages to enjoy."

– Carlisle United's Finance Director Suzanne Kidd

Bereaved in Carlisle attend Remembrance Service

Bereaved residents of Carlisle are invited to mourn together at a Rememberance Service today.

Carlisle Crematorium's Annual Remembrance Service on Sunday 10 July is held in the Crematorium Chapel at 3pm and will be led by Reverend Keith Teasdale of St Cuthbert's Church.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Colin Stothard, will also be in attendance and there will also be music from The Salvation Army Citadel Band.

The 25th annual memorial event is an opportunity for partners, relatives, friends and colleagues to take time out to join in an afternoon of remembrance. All are welcome to attend.

A collection will also be taken for The Mayor of Carlisle's Charity Fund.

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